I’ve got four days left until my trip to Europe!!!
I wanted to quickly tell all of you that (aside from a few scattered pictures) you may not hear from me for a good while. I have got some adventuring to do! I fully intend to post a few pictures of my travels while I am in Europe, but you know how good intentions go…
I won’t be going back to work until mid-October; as I left work today, I got a delicious feeling of freedom and excitement as my vacation officially started. Even aside from the prospect of such an incredible trip abroad, I am thrilled that the stressful stages of my trip are over and the stages of pure excitement are beginning to kick in!
The stages of planning and enjoying a trip are roughly as follows:
Stage 1: Determination to calmly and carefully plan out the logistics of the trip.
Stage 2: Extreme frustration ensues.
Stage 3: Numbness and exhaustion after weeks of planning.
Stage 4: “Wait – you mean that going to Europe without my family
means that I’ve got to go WITHOUT MY FAMILY?!?!?!?”
Stage 5: Realization kicks in. I. Am. Going. To. Europe.
Utter delight and exhilaration!
[Note: I am currently in this stage.]
Stage 6: Go to Europe, filled with wide-eyed wonder.
Stage 7: Three weeks of little sleep, dozens of tours, experiencing foreign cultures,
and living on adrenaline.
Let’s go again!!!